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Dissent Magazine Presents: ‘Donald Trump, Brexit, and the Transatlantic Left’ with Dawn Foster, Peter Mandler, and Pragna Patel, moderated by Natasha Lewis
Wednesday 4th January, 7pm
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‘The Autonomous Life?: Paradoxes of Hierarchy and Authority in the Squatters Movement in Amsterdam’ with Nazima Kadir
Wednesday 18th January, 7pm
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LOCOMOTRIX EVENT ‘Polyphonic Scars & The 4th Brain’ with Lisa Luxx and Elizabeth Clough
Friday 20th January, 7pm
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HAVEN DISTRIBUTION EVENT What Books Do in Prison: A Conversation with Erwin James to Celebrate Haven Distribution’s 20th Anniversary
Thursday 26th of January, 7pm
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LEFT BOOK CLUB EVENT ‘A People's History of the Russian Revolution’with Neil Faulkner
Wednesday 8th February, 7pm
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IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS

We regularly have a variety of events in the shop, and are always welcome for suggestions from authors, artists and campaigners who want to use the shop for evening events. Past events include talks, book signings, film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances.

Click here for an archive; which includes a number of selected filmed highlights, of our previous events. Also, you can view video from some special events here.

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Dissent Magazine Presents:
‘Donald Trump, Brexit, and the Transatlantic Left’

with Dawn Foster, Peter Mandler, and Pragna Patel,
moderated by Natasha Lewis
Wednesday 4th January, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


2016 was a surprising year for politics on both sides of the Atlantic. In June, the UK voted to leave the European Union; in November, Donald Trump was elected American president. How did we get here? What should we do next? Join Dissent magazine editors and contributors to discuss last year's political shocks, and how the left should respond in 2017.

‘The Autonomous Life?: Paradoxes of Hierarchy and Authority in the Squatters Movement in Amsterdam’ with Nazima Kadir
Wednesday 18th January, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

The Autonomous Life? is an ethnography of the squatters' movement in Amsterdam written by an anthropologist who lived and worked in a squatters' community for over three years. During that time she resided as a squatter in four different houses, worked on two successful anti-gentrification campaigns, was evicted from two houses and jailed once.

With this unique perspective, Kadir systematically examines the contradiction between what people say and what they practice in a highly ideological radical left community. The squatters' movement defines itself primarily as anti-hierarchical and anti-authoritarian, and yet is perpetually plagued by the contradiction between this public disavowal and the maintenance of hierarchy and authority within the movement.

This study analyses how this contradiction is then reproduced in different micro-social interactions, examining the methods by which people negotiate minute details of their daily lives as squatter activists in the face of a fun house mirror of ideological expectations reflecting values from within the squatter community, that, in turn, often refract mainstream, middle-class norms.

Using a unique critical perspective informed by gender and subaltern studies, this study contributes to social movements’ literature through a meticulous analysis of the production of power and hierarchy in a social movement subculture.

Reviews

‘This is far and away the best ethnography of a squatters movement, or really any European anti-authoritarian movement, I have yet to come across. Nazima Kadir's bold interrogation of the concept of “autonomy” alone is well worth the ticket. But the book is much more. Combining vivid and sensitive ethnography with a willingness to ask challenging and fundamental questions about contemporary anti-authoritarian ideas, this book does everything good anthropology - the best anthropology - should do. I hope it provides a model for the ethnography of social movements in the future.’ - David Graeber, Professor at the London School of Economics, activist and author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years (2011) and The Democracy Project (2014)

About the Authors

Nazima Kadir is an Urban Anthropologist based in London. Prior to squatting houses in Amsterdam, she received awards from the Fulbright program and the National Science Foundation.

Preparing for Trump’
with Susan Pashkoff, Kate Hudson, Somaye and Les Levidow.
Thursday 19th January, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

On 20th January Donald Trump will become US President. Across the world there will be demonstrations protesting against this. This discussion meeting on the day before will hear from US socialist Susan Pashkoff recently returned from the States on 'Trump and Women' and from Kate Hudson on the implications of Trump's presidency for international politics.

The poet and singer Somaye will provide music and song along with Les Levidow. The meeting is organised by London Left Unity, Public Reading Rooms and Transformuk. It will be supporting the demonstrations against Trump in the UK.

Check out the FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/160520691084922/


LOCOMOTRIX EVENT
‘Polyphonic Scars & The 4th Brain’ 
with Lisa Luxx and Elizabeth Clough
Friday 20th January, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

For our first Locomotrix event of 2017, Housmans is proud to host poet Lisa Luxx’s performance Polyphonic Scars & The 4th Brain. Lisa’s work reflects on technology and social media and how it impacts culture and identity. Our world wide web redefines consciousness and mortality, identity and activism, solitude and fear. What does this age say about who we are now and who we've always been?

Polyphonic Scars & The 4th Brain is a collection of poems and prose exploring our relationship to the web. It's also about one woman's journey with technology, after growing up on the net from the age of ten and what happened when she rejected it in her twenties.

This thought-provoking book philosophises on madness, perception and freedom in the modern day. Written by Lisa Luxx, editor of post-net magazine Prowl, and illustrated by Elizabeth Clough.

The book also reveals how blacklisting extended beyond construction activists to environmental campaigners, journalists, politicians and academics. And it adds an international perspective with related stories from America and Europe. Attendees will be able to pre-order copies of the new book.

Reviews

Polyphonic Scars places Lisa Luxx squarely in a generation of contemporary poets, including Kate Tempest, Aly Stoneman, Lauren K Alleyne, Jo ‘Spice’ Blackwood and George the Poet, who combine performance and verse with a fresh, bruised candour.” Bidisha, BBC Arts

About the Speakers

Lisa Luxx Preditor-in-Chief of PROWL. Published poet and artist. Writer for Sunday Times, Telegraph, Elle, Red, Tank, The Numinous and more. Founded Prowl magazine and Prowl House in a move to put positive and honest media into the world that celebrates what it is to be liberated and compassionate human beings. Doing so by forming an annex for the independent, radical movements of now.

Elizabeth Clough is an artist and musician. She set up The Red Door, a small community-focused collective of artists based in a unique space in East Ham. She believes truly independent thinking happens outside the realms of the commercial and away from anything trend driven. Her plan is to remain creatively free about all else.

Please note Lisa Luxx's event takes place in the Vaults which is non accessible for wheelchair users. If you would like to attend please ring the shop.

HAVEN DISTRIBUTION EVENT
What Books Do in Prison:
A Conversation with Erwin James to Celebrate
Haven Distribution’s 20th Anniversary
Thursday 26th of January, 7pm
Free entry, donations welcome

Housmans is very proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Haven Distribution.  This organisation has been purchasing and supplying books for prisoners across the UK since 1996. A tiny volunteer-run charity, it is the only UK organisation dedicated to sending books to those in prisons, secure units and detention centres who want to further their education. Each year around 1500 books leave their shelves, and almost all the prisons in Britain have received at least a handful of books from Haven. The number of prisoners who have benefitted from their work ranges into the tens of thousands.

This event will be an opportunity to hear more about Haven’s work, more about the role that books play in our prisons, and more about the continued struggle that prisoners face getting access to the books they need. It will also be a chance to hear from someone whose life was changed during his time inside by books, self-education and writing – Erwin James.

About the speaker  

A long-time supporter of Haven’s work, Erwin James is a Guardian columnist and Editor-in-Chief of Inside Time, the national newspaper for people in prison. It was during his own 20 years in prison that he became a writer, penning a popular Guardian column from his cell which gave the outside world an insight into his life inside. He is now the author of three books: A Life Inside – A Prisoners Notebook, (Atlantic, 2003), The Home Stretch – From Prison to Parole, (Atlantic, 2005) and Redeemable – a Memoir of Darkness and Hope (Bloomsbury, 2016). He is also a trustee of the Prison Reform Trust and a patron of the charities: Create, Blue Sky, Human Writes, the Writers in Prison Foundation, and the Prison Phoenix Trust. He is a Fellow of the RSA and an Honorary Master of the Open University.

http://www.havendistribution.org.uk/
http://erwinjames.co.uk/

BOOK EVENT
‘Training for Exploitation?’,
Book launch with the Precarious Workers Brigade

Wednesday 1st February, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

"For many years the members of the Precarious Workers Brigade have been developing insightful analyses, tools and actions questioning wageless and other exploitative forms of labour in the arts and education sectors. 'Training for Exploitation?' is no exception.

As an educator I support the effort the book makes to provide the analysis and the tools needed to challenge the conversation, now predominant in the classroom, concerning 'employability'. As a feminist I recognise many of these tools from past and contemporary practices of consciousness raising. They are effective and I encourage readers to use them."

- Silvia Federici (from the Foreword)

Join Precarious Workers Brigade and the book's designers, Evening Class, for a launch celebration and preview of the new publication Training for Exploitation? Politicising Employability and Reclaiming Education.

With a foreword by Silvia Federici and published by the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press, Training for Exploitation? is a critical resource pack for educators teaching employability, 'professional practice' and work-based learning.

This publication provides a pedagogical framework that assists students and others in deconstructing dominant narratives around work, employability and careers, and explores alternative ways of engaging with work and the economy. Training for Exploitation? includes tools for critically examining the relationship between education, work and the cultural economy. It provides useful statistics and workshop exercises on topics such as precarity, employment rights, cooperation and solidarity, as well as examples of alternative educational and organising practices. Training for Exploitation? shows how we can both critique and organise against a system that is at the heart of the contemporary crises of work, student debt and precarity.

Precarious Workers Brigade (PWB) are a UK-based group of precarious workers in culture and education. We call out in solidarity with all those struggling to make a living in this climate of instability and enforced austerity. Our praxis springs from a shared commitment to developing research and actions that are practical, relevant and easily shared and applied. If putting an end to precarity is the social justice we seek, our political project involves developing tactics, strategies, formats, practices, dispositions, knowledges and tools for making this happen.

http://precariousworkersbrigade.tumblr.com/

LEFT BOOK CLUB EVENT
‘A People's History of the Russian Revolution’
with Neil Faulkner
Wednesday 8th February, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

The Russian Revolution may well be the most misunderstood event in modern history. In A People's History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk the myths. In this fast-paced introduction to tumultuous events, the Russian people are the heroes. Faulkner shows how a mass movement of millions, organised in democratic assemblies, mobilised for militant action, destroyed a regime of landlords, profiteers, and warmongers.

Faulkner rejects caricatures of Lenin and the Bolsheviks as authoritarian conspirators, 'democratic-centralists', or the progenitors of Stalinist dictatorship. He argues that the Russian Revolution was an explosion of democracy and creativity - and that it was crushed by bloody counter-revolution and replaced with a monstrous form of bureaucratic state-capitalism. Laced with first-hand testimony, this history seeks to rescue the democratic essence of the revolution from its detractors and deniers, offering a perfect primer for the modern reader.

Reviews

“A People's History of the Russian Revolution, written by one of the finest historians on the left, is a vital contribution to the debate over the legacy of the Revolution and an essential defence of the revolutionary experience.” - John Newsinger, author of The Blood Never Dried: A People's History of the British Empire

“Among the countless books which are beginning to appear as the centenary of the Russian Revolution approaches, there is a real need for a clear, historically reliable popular account from a socialist perspective. Neil Faulkner's A People's History is that account.”- Neil Davidson, author of We Cannot Escape History: Nations, States, and Revolutions (Haymarket, 2015)

“A People's History of the Russian Revolution reeks of the vodka, blood, and gunpowder of one of the most vital and important periods in human history. It is a powerful book for an anniversary those in charge would rather we forgot.” -Tansy E. Hoskins, author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion (Pluto, 2014)

About the Author

Neil Faulkner is a leading Marxist historian. A Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, he is the author of numerous books, including A Marxist History of the World: from Neanderthals to Neoliberals (Pluto, 2013) and Lawrence of Arabia's War (Yale, 2016). He appears regularly on TV and was a lead consultant on Sky Atlantic's The British series.

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